Rose is recognised for diabetes story

Diabetes patient Rose Douglas receiving her medal.
Diabetes patient Rose Douglas receiving her medal.

A woman has been rewarded for her own personal diabetes story stretching over six decades.

As part of World Diabetes Day on November 14, Rose Douglas received a special medal of recognition from Diabetes UK.

Rose was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1953 at the age of nine, and thanks to the diabetes team at North Tyneside General Hospital she has been able to access the services she needs locally, for the last 25 years, for regular reviews and check-ups.

The 69-year-old said: “I am very pleased to receive the award. It wasn’t easy in the early days managing my diabetes, especially as I was so young, but I wouldn’t be here today without the fantastic care and support I get from the staff at North Tyneside General Hospital.”

Patients with type 1 diabetes need to take regular insulin injections and make sure their blood glucose levels stay balanced.

Dr Stuart Bennett, head of service for diabetes with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s a remarkable achievement that Rose has been able to successfully manage her condition for over 60 years.

“Many things have changed over those years with advances in diabetes care, and I am delighted to have been able to award her with the Lawrence medal on behalf of Diabetes UK.”